The first match to finish was the last to start, with Lochlann and Daniel playing after both being lumped with byes on the evening. Lochlann went for an innovative attack with 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 h6 5. Bg5?! PxB 6. NxP, hoping that the queen might get to h5 with pressure on h7 and f7. Alas, saccing pieces for an attack isn’t quite as easy as that, and after another two similar sacs, there was nothing left to attack with, and Daniel could win at ease.
In the middle boards, Danny came out of defending a Fried Liver two pawns down, but as Declan tried to consolidate, Danny found a series of tempi moves on Declan’s queen which ultimately forced it away from the defence of an otherwise loose bishop – which fell with check and a fork on a loose knight as well, and the game was lost from there. Meanwhile Thomas had a strong attack going against Luke-Andrew, but unfortunately pushed a pawn to attack a rook…and forgot that this unprotected a fairly key pawn, after which his position quickly fell apart.
We did get an upset not long after though, when Joe – who’d gotten through to a level ending against Ben – picked up a rook to a knight check fork, and safely took home the point from there.
Seán had a straightforward win against Cal, Ross beat Felix in the biggest ratings gap of the night, Mihailo got by William who had played a fairly adventurous line of the Winawer with an early h4 and g4, while the last two games to finish on the night saw Dylan and Odhrán a pawn and piece up against Liam and Aodhán respectively, and both came out on top.
The full round 2 results are below. Round 3 will be on 2nd November, with round 4 the following week. We’ll have the round 3 draw over the weekend.
|7||William Kenny (1)||1371||0-1||1||Mihailo Manojlovic (1)||1807|
|2||Ross Beatty (1)||1756||1-0||9||Felix Jordan (1)||1219|
|8||Liam Kelly (1)||1254||0-1||3||Dylan Boland (1)||1647|
|4||Odhran McDonnell (1)||1573||1-0||11||Aodhán Keane (1)||1218|
|10||Cal Nolan (1)||1219||0-1||5||Seán Devilly (1)||1492|
|6||Utkarsh Gupta (1)||1377||+ –||25||Brian MacCarvill (1)||Unr|
|12||Joe Sheehan (0)||1117||1-0||14||Ben Coghlan (½)||1014|
|13||Luke-Andrew Feeney (0)||1061||1-0||21||Thomas Cooney (0)||563|
|20||Declan Dolan (0)||773||0-1||15||Danny Kashanin (0)||852|
|16||Diarmaid Carey (0)||809||1-0||23||Bhudhav Singh (0)||423|
|24||Lochlann Kelly (0)||Unr||0-1||18||Daniel Fox||788|
|27||Taylor Cahill (0)||Unr||+ –||19||Tim Casey (0)||773|
|17||Richard O’Rahilly (0)||791||½-½||Bye|
|22||Benjamin Murray (0)||559||½-½||Bye|